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Khartoum says committed to humanitarian aid, SPLM-N offers cessation of hostilities

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November 14, 2012 (KHARTOUM) — After refusing to renew a deal signed with tripartite initiative members, the Sudanese government reiterated its commitment to cooperate with the international community to deliver humanitarian assistance to civilians in South Kordofan and Blue Nile states.

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Refugees from South Kordofan gather at dusk at the Yida Refugee Camp in South Sudan. (Getty)

Sudanese interior minister, Ibrahim Mahmoud Hamid, met Tuesday with United Nations envoy for Sudan and South Sudan, Haile Menkarios, to discuss statements by Suleiman Abdel Rahman, head of the Sudan humanitarian commission, refusing to renew the humanitarian memorandum.

Last week, the United Nations, the African Union and the Arab League swiftly reacted to these statements and issued a statement expressing their concern over Suleiman’s remarks. They also disclosed that they had requested an extension of the humanitarian deal.

In statements to Sudan’s official news agency, SUNA, the minister said his government is committed to cooperate with the international community to deliver humanitarian aid through the appropriate means despite the expiration of the three month protocol signed on 2 August.

Ibrahim further urged the international community to pressurise the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement North (SPLM-N) and accused the rebels of impeding the humanitarian operation.

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) recently voiced concern about the worsening humanitarian situation in South Kordofan and Blue Nile saying the armed conflict has affected 900,000 people.

Reacting to the statements of the Sudanese minister, SPLM-N Secretary General Yasir Arman dismissed Khartoum’s accusations that they hamper the implementation of the humanitarian memorandum.

Arman told Sudan Tribune that the SPLM-N is ready for an agreement that does not enable Khartoum to buy time without delivering Humanitarian aid to the needy in the rebel held areas.

"More than that we are ready for a comprehensive cessation of hostilities" in the Two Areas for a speedy humanitarian operation that would require guarantees from the African panel of President Thabo Mbeki, Ethiopian Prime Minister, US, Britain, Canada, France and EU, he further said.

The rebel leader said the statements of the interior minister aim to "cover-up" the cancelation of the humanitarian agreement by the Sudanese humanitarian commissioner last week.

The African mediation will convene the parties soon to resume talks on the humanitarian and political trucks .

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  • 14 November 2012 11:18, by Aaban

    After their death from hunger as you all wished them to die, you can go there and eat their dead bodies that you are desperately need it, to consume, how could you ja’lain coward criminal used criminal action of denying food to innocence people who do not force a threat to you evil kingdom palace? You used it in our region yet you are now ,using it as a weapons of getting rid of black people,

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  • 14 November 2012 11:43, by okucu pa lotinokwan

    Nothing,at all,committed to hummanitarian aid, they are liaring,only for the meeting time but their inner feeling is not 100% committed to.
    OKUCU PA LOTINOKWAN

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  • 14 November 2012 13:25, by ngomrom

    SPLM N do them hard until they will accept the resunption of the talk on popular consultation. NCP only listen throught war that is only what they know best
    Thanks Nyom Rom

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